For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (March 10, 2021) – This month, BGE is awarding $270,000 in BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants to 73 area nonprofit organizations. The grant recipients are located throughout the BGE service area in nine Maryland counties and Baltimore City. First responders are our customers and our neighbors, and they risk their lives every day, particularly during the current pandemic. The economic need for our community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis continues to increase, making these grants more important than ever before.
"First responders play a critical role in our communities and it is our pleasure to help support them in their selfless mission," said Rodney Oddoye, BGE senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. "At BGE, there is nothing more important than the safety of our employees and customers, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have with community organizations that share our commitment to safety."
BGE's Emergency Response and Safety Grants program, now in its tenth year, supports area nonprofits by providing strategic funding that enables the success of their emergency response and safety programs. Some of this year's grants will assist agencies in purchasing vital equipment, such as defibrillators, ice rescue equipment, and funding for emergency preparedness drills and active shooter training. Over the last nine years, BGE's program has provided over $2.5 million to 470 nonprofit organizations who share BGE's commitment to the safety of central Maryland residents.
The following organizations were awarded BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants this year:
Anne Arundel County:
Prince George's County:
For more information on previous grant recipients go to bgenow.com.
In addition to supporting the emergency responder community in Maryland through grants, BGE provides training for fire, police, 911 centers and emergency management organizations who routinely work around utility equipment. BGE is recognized for its own emergency response record, ranking among the top utilities in the nation for rapid response to gas emergency calls and for preventing damages to energy equipment.
BGE works within Maryland's communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and contributes to strategic initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture.
BGE is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility, providing safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company was founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and remains headquartered in Baltimore City to this day. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com and connect with BGE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.